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Adela cuprella (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species in many areas of Belgium.

The young larva lives in the catkins of various Salix species. The later stages live on Salix leaves on the ground, from a flat bivalved case. It overwinters twice, sometimes three times. Pupation in the case.

The adults fly from mid April till early May. The moths are active in sunshine, and swarm around the tops of blossoming Salix trees.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Malle, 21 April 2006.
female (Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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